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Four Things That I Pray For The Church

At our church, there is a hymn that we sometimes sing, written by Timothy Dwight (a grandson of the theologian Jonathan Edwards, I think).  The title is "I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord."  In one of the verses, he writes:
For her my tears shall fall
For her my prayers ascend,
To her my cares and toils be given
Till toils and cares shall end.
With the hymn, we should pray for the church which is the visible, earthly expression of God's kingdom.  Paul prayed "without ceasing" for believers in all the churches (Rom. 1:9; Eph. 1:16; Col. 1:9; 1 Thess. 1:2).  On multiple occasions he asks for prayer for himself and his ministry (Rom. 15:30; Eph. 6:18; Col. 4:3).  He mentions the prayers of one church for another (2 Cor. 9:14).  He exhorts believers to pray for each other with all perseverance (Eph. 6:18).  So there is no doubt that beyond the prayers we offer for ourselves and our families, we ought to pray for the church.
It has been often pointed out that Jesus teaches …